JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) _ A former Jamestown teacher accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl has been sentenced to serve 60 days in jail under a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Fifty-four-year-old Richard Laqua pleaded guilty to luring a minor by computer or electronic means, and prosecutors dropped a sexual assault charge.
Laqua was accused of sending a 17-year-old girl sexually explicit text messages and inappropriately touching her. He resigned his position as a construction technology teacher at the James Valley Career and Technology Center late last year after being suspended. He had been with the Jamestown public school system for 23 years.
Laqua will be on supervised probation for five years following his jail term and will be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.